Enjoy two phenomenal weeks of real African discovery on this Victoria Falls, Botswana and Namibia Safari.
Visit the mighty Victoria Falls before travelling to Botswana where we embark on a morning game drive and sunset boat cruise on Chobe River. Pass through Nambia's Caprivi Strip, game viewing in Mahangu National Park. Head into the pristine wetlands of the Okavango Delta exploring this watery wonderland by mokoro. Visit the Kavango River area and take an optional sunrise cruise before driving into famous Etosha Park.
Etosha National Park offers superb game viewing and outstanding birding, as well as unique open landscapes. Meet one of Namibia's most famous tribes, the Himba people, as well as viewing ancient san rock art and petrified forests.
Travel further south via The Cape Cross Seal Colony through Namibia to Swakopmund, where a host of optional adventure activities await you.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
This Vic Falls to Botswana & Namibia Safari starts on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. From the airport at Victoria Falls town, you are transferred to the first lodge.
This afternoon you can take it easy at the lodge, located next to the Zambezi National Park, or take advantage of some of the extraordinary activities available at Vic Falls. There are a wide range of activities available (own cost) at Victoria Falls, from bungee jumping to white water rafting and Livingstone Island tours.
Tonight we meet up and the guide tells us more about what lies ahead on our small group safari.
Visit the world-famous World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls on the morning of day two. We view this torrent of water from the viewpoints in Zimbabwe, from where you can see the full span of this massive waterfall. This is the largest waterfall in the world taking width, height and the volume of water into account. From the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls we drive into neighbouring Botswana. The afternoon is spent at our lodge near Chobe National Park, leaving time for optional activities (own cost) or relaxation.
The next day, we head into Chobe National Park on an early morning game drive. This is one of Africa's premier game viewing destinations covering 10,566 km² of African bush. Chobe hosts one of the most concentrated elephant populations in Africa, offering excellent sightings of this big mammal, along with lions and other predators.
On the afternoon of day three we meander along the Chobe River by boat, cruising along the scenic banks, past reeded islands. Elephants are often seen drinking along the Chobe River, as well as a variety of antelope species, hippos and buffalos.
Heading north overland we cross the border into Namibia, driving along Chobe National Park. We follow the path of a wildlife migration corridor running into the Caprivi Strip, an unusually fertile part of otherwise arid Namibia.
This afternoon you can enjoy optional activities (own cost) or put your feet up and relax at the camp along the Kwando River.
Continuing along the Caprivi Strip we drive through Mahangu National Park, looking out for wildlife. In Mahangu National Park lions, leopards, wild dogs and cheetahs can be seen prowling and napping in the shade. Other animals include buffalos, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, warthogs and many kinds of antelopes. This remote national park hosts over 400 species of birds, making Mahangu a birding hotspot.
Next stop, the western Okavango Delta, back in Botswana. Waking up on the fringes of the wild and beautiful Okavango Delta on day six, an exciting day of exploration lies ahead.
We make our way into the pristine delta in dug-out canoes, called mekoros. Sit back and watch the reed lined banks and islands glide by as your local guide poles you through the clean waters. This is Botswana's most untamed and scenic wilderness area - consisting of a vast system of natural channels, lagoons and islands fanning our over the plains.
Further into the delta we stop for a guided walk on one of the uninhabited islands, going in search of animals and birds on foot. After our exciting walk in the Okavango Delta we return to our camp for another night in the wilderness.
Travelling north, we enter the Caprivi Strip of Namibia again, and head to our next overnight lodge, located next to the Kavango River near Angola.
Unwind today, resting and taking it easy at our lovely riverside camp with a pool. Otherwise you can do optional activities (own cost) - visit a local village, tour the Mbunza Living Museum, go to the school in the area, and watch some traditional dancing.
Up for a boat cruise (optional extra) on the river at dawn to catch the early birds and animals along the banks of the Kavango River. Today we make our way to the top game viewing destination in Namibia - Etosha National Park.
Our game drive in Etosha reveal an array of African wildlife and the stunning landscapes of northern Namibia. Set around the stark Etosha Pan this national park is known for its dramatic wildlife sightings. At the watering holes that dot the southern fringes of the salt pan wildlife and bird sightings are frequently excellent, as the creatures are drawn to the water.
Embark on sunrise game drives and watch animals at the spotlit waterholes of Namutoni and Okaukuejo at night.
From the game-rich Etosha National Park we drive to Kamanjab in the Kunene Region of Namibia.
Then we drive to Kamanjab where we will visit the traditional Ova-Himba people, either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. This indigenous tribe is one of the last ethnic groups of Southern Africa that still practices its old customs and unique traditions. We meet the Himba with their unusual hairstyles, body painting, jewellery and clothing, learning more about this ancient tribe.
Today we make our way to the nearby Petrified Forest, a national monument, to see the fossilized trees dating back some 250 million years.
Then we visit the rock art of Twyfelfontein, walking in the hills where these ancient etchings are scattered. Located in the Kunene Region, Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site recognized for its remarkable collection of rock art.
Our camp for tonight lies at the base of the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's tallest peak at 2 606 metres above sea level. Depending on our arrival time, we take a walk in the afternoon or the following morning, to see the well-known local rock art. We take a short walk up the mountain to view The White Lady painting, the best-known San art in the Brandberg, which also a national monument. From this painting site we enjoy open vistas over the plains of north-western Namibia.
On day 13 we drive to the western coastline of Africa and trace the rugged Skeleton Coast south. Travelling along the cold Atlantic Ocean we see the dramatic rocky shores where many a ship has been wrecked. Along the way we stop at the Cape Cross seal colony, to get a close up look (and smell) of this massive breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals.
Our next destination is Swakopmund, Namibia's top seaside holiday spot. We spend two days here, sightseeing and enjoying a variety of optional (extra cost) activities. Explore the pleasant town, walk along the beach, visit the museums and quaint cafes. Get your thrills skydiving, sandboarding or quad biking, or go fishing, take a cruise or tour the colonial German architectural sights. Eat out at a local restaurant and enjoy the nightlife of the town at night.
Breakfast this morning marks the end of our memorable Vic Falls to Botswana & Namibia Safari.
At a small extra cost we can transfer to the nearest airport in Walvis Bay on request.
This is a Camping & Accommodated Safari, staying in standard, permanent accommodation or camping at designated campsites in well-selected locations.
All campsites feature shared ablution facilities with showers, flush toilets and running water as per the itinerary. Avoiding overcrowded campsites, we stay at secluded, often community-based initiatives. We camp two people per tent in spacious 3-person dome tents with comfortable sleeping mattresses. On the accommodated nights we stay in quality, mid-range lodges or hotels that are clean, comfortable and affordable.
Please note that this Victoria Falls, Botswana and Namibia Camping Safari is also available as an Accommodated Safari option. For details or contact African Budget Safaris.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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